I am trying to 2.5d engrave/carve a front panel for a small electronics project (a prototype UGS pendant). I’ve made this process work before, so am not sure what is going wrong now. I spent the entire weekend troubleshooting and cannot for the life of me figure out what I’m missing on this project.
Step one works fine…save a copy of the SVG, delete everything that is not a hole, upload svg to Easel for carving the button and LED holes. Perfect.
Step two is where I am having issue. Export PNG from Inkscape containing only the text labels. Then import the .png in F-Engrave to generate engraving toolpaths. The text comes in blurry/fuzzy/irregular/not crisp.
I suspect the issue has something to do with anti-aliasing. For example, here are three screenshots. First one is the raw SVG being edited in Inkscape, zoomed to 1500%, the crisp clear edges are beautiful. Next one is the exported PNG viewed in Edge, MS Photo, and Chrome, all three exhibit the blurry antialiasing around the edges as I zoom. The final screenshot is F-Engrave after importing the PNG via “Open DXF/Bitmap”, in “engrave” mode.
It comes out the same whether I export the text as text or if converted to a path with “Path -> Object to Path”.
I feel bad pestering the forum with this issue, as I normally am able to resolve carving problems by reading the existing solutions you all have shared in the past, but this one really has me at wit’s end.
Inkscape editor zoomed to 1500%…
EDGE, Photo, Chrome viewing exported png (and zoomed to various levels). Please forgive my mouse handwriting in red color…
F-Engrave toolpath is not crisp…
Here is the raw SVG in case that helps illustrate the problem